Setting Your Thermostat in the Winter

The search for the ideal thermostat setting in the winter can lead to comfort battles within your home.

Colder weather can create the perception that you need to budget for high energy bills to keep your family warm, but using the recommended thermostat settings can prevent temperature wars and crippling energy costs.

During winter, you should keep your house at 68 degrees while at home. It’s a nice balance between comfort and energy efficiency. For additional cost savings, we recommend lowering your thermostat to around 60 degrees when you’re away or sleeping. By lowering thermostat temperatures seven to ten degrees for eight hours a day, you can save up to 10% a year on heating costs. Before you head out for the day or crawl into bed, adjust your thermostat by a few degrees to save money. During the first cold snap, it can be tempting to crank up the heat regardless of the cost. Go slow. To see how your body responds, increase the temperature by one to two degrees. Even as the weather cools, you might be surprised at your comfort level when the thermostat is set between 68 and 70 degrees. As you become accustomed to the indoor temperature, lower the thermostat setting by one degree at a time until you reach 68 degrees. A thermostat’s location impacts how well it can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Even if you know what temperature to keep your house at in winter, using our recommended thermostat settings won’t make as much sense if the thermostat is located in a room with very little foot traffic. A thermostat should be placed at the center of your home, where people are most likely to gather. Having the thermostat located in a room where you are spending time helps the device gauge and adjust the temperature accordingly. Even if you don’t find the high-tech features of a programmable thermostat necessary, there are a number of advantages. If you install a device that saves your settings, you won’t have to constantly ask what temperature to keep your house at during the winter. In the winter, it is recommended that you set your thermostat to 68 degrees, but choose the setting that is most comfortable for your family. Your home should be a place of comfort and safety. The ideal winter thermostat setting means creating a routine for your family that works.


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